Wednesday, April 9, 2014

does fear keep you awake?


What keeps you from stepping out to help others?  Often what keeps people from helping and stepping up to serve is fear of what will happen or fear that they don't have enough resources.  In the past, I have been in many conversations that led to this conclusion: most people live in constant fear.  Folks, fear doesn't come from God.  It comes from our enemy, Satan.

Do you live in constant fear?  Do you live with a little or a lot of fear?  Be honest.  Listen to what God says:

You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.  You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security.  He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

Sleep is something I enjoy.  I'm not like some people who need 8 or 10 hours of sleep each night (6 or 7 seems just enough), but there are some nights that my mind just won't shut down.  It is kind of like the hamster running in his cage as my mind keeps on going.  

Next time that happens to you recognize what is keeping you awake.  Not all the time, for me, is the issue something I am afraid of.  Yet I'd say enough of the time it really is fear and/or stress.

It is time to push out fear and begin to trust God.  It time to take God at His word and live fear of free.  What does the scripture above say?

1.  you can go to be and sleep fear free.  How? Trust God.

2.  you don't have to fear the next bad thing that might happen.  Why?  God is our security and holds us tight.

3.  you can let go of fear and replace it with genuine faith.  When?  Now!  

Take what God says and apply it to your life.  Be honest about the things you are dealing with.  Put fear in its place.  Put faith in its place.  Let God be God in your life and through every situation.  What happens when you really do that?  You will be free to rest and to serve others as you give each one hope.

Let God make your sleep sweet by letting go of the fear that keeps you awake at night.

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